I love looking forward to something, and I feel very lucky to be able to (almost) have something to be anticipated; be it a meal with friends on the weekend, that bottle of wine I have in the cellar, or that big trip we are planning next year.
“Fuck’em if they can’t take a joke”
This is probably one of the most famous caseback engravings out there, found on the back of a Cartier Tank gifted from film director John Landis to producer George Folsey Jr.! Or how about “Drive Carefully. Me” on the back of Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona ref. 6239. Both watch models are not unique per se – however, the engravings on the back make specific watches one of a kind and irreplaceable.
Like most people today, I don’t have bundles of time. It is hard to balance life, work, a commute, and the hobbies I hold dear. I was struggling. So by New Year, I knew a change had to occur. Since then, I have made a whole lot of differences to my routine which have helped.
Many of us know him – It might sound crazy, but I can say that he lives in the vast majority of Italian homes - L’omino coi Baffi – “The little man with the mustache”. He is the little guy that helps us kickstart our aging corpuses in the morning. He is synonymous with the iconic Moka pot – probably the most iconic coffee brewer in the world.
During the initial contact with a person, we probably all have our own personal checkpoints that we consciously or unconsciously run through. I read a quote: “I make shoe contact before eye contact” – and couldn’t help smiling, because this is exactly me; for me, it’s the shoes (and watch). I find the shoes being probably the most important piece in an outfit, but sadly I must admit, often also the piece that is the most neglected.
As I am writing this article, it is the day after the worst snowstorm that I can remember for the past 10 years. The kids’ school and kindergarten are closed, I am working from home and my wife has taken the day off because it is impossible for her to reach her workplace. Outside, the snow lies in high dunes, the driveway is no way near cleared and it is cold as hell.
Making a post the other day with the pictures of a Land Rover Defender, one word kept popping into my mind: "Icon". But I couldn’t stop thinking, what makes an icon?
To me, the word, the description, the designation “Icon” has lost a bit of its significance – it is being thrown around left and right, and almost immediately a given product seems to have achieved “iconic status”; and it’s a shame.